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It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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Baklava Thumbprint Cookies

9 reviews

The topping on my sister-in-law's peach cobbler was so delicious that I asked for the recipe, then decided to use that to top a cookie I developed with the flavors of baklava. My adult son tried one and immediately ate two more—which is unusual for him! It's a good recipe to mix up the night before and bake fresh the next day for company. —Sharon Eshelman, Harrington, Delaware

Carrot Spice Thumbprint Cookies

6 reviews

Carrot cake is a family favorite, and these delicious cookies taste just like it with shredded carrots, dried cranberries, toasted...


Pistachio Thumbprints

10 reviews

These mild pistachio-flavored cookies disappear in a wink. —Liz Probelski, Port Washington, Wisconsin.


Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

25 reviews

Covered in chopped nuts and drizzled with chocolate, these cookies are delicious and pretty, too. Everybody looks forward to munching...


Cranberry-Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

2 reviews

For years, I made Swedish thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam and walnuts. Now at Christmas, I use pistachios and cranberries...

Pecan-Filled Maple Cookies

These festive cookies melt in your mouth, and look and taste just like a personal-size pecan pie. My clan eats...


Peanut Butter Pie Cookies

1 review

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but my favorite—peanut butter pie—is tough to eat on the go....

Flourless Peanut Butter Thumbprints

I had been searching for a dessert to make for my brother's girlfriend (who is gluten intolerant), and I came...


Festive Thumbprints

3 reviews

I never cared for jam-filled thumbprints, so I decided to fill them with frosting instead. This makes them easy to...


Apricot Sesame Cookies

This recipe is a favorite of mine to make for special occasions. The apricot cookies freeze beautifully, so they can...


Jeweled Thumbprints

3 reviews

When I moved here from Malta more than 20 years ago, a kind neighbor lady took me under her wing...

Black Forest Thumbprint Cookies

My creation is special because I have captured the flavors of two classic desserts, Black Forest Cake and Cherries Jubilee...


Apricot-Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

I enjoy experimenting with cake mixes to make new cookie recipes. I love apricot, but feel free to fill the...


Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

45 reviews

My group of friends had a weekly "movie night" during winters on Martha's Vineyard, and we'd take turns making a...


Thumbprint Butter Cookies

6 reviews

These buttery little rounds add beautiful color to a platter of treats. Fill the thumbprint in the center with any...


White Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints

16 reviews

When I pass around the cookie tray, all eyes land on these fancy thumbprints. The white chocolate filling and dab...

Coconut Joys

6 reviews

If you like coconut, you’ll love these no-bake, no-fuss sweets. They are cute as can be and make a satisfying...


Rhubarb-Filled Cookies

9 reviews

I won a blue ribbon at our local fair for these tender cookies. They're so pretty with the ruby-red filling...


Sacher Torte Cookies

4 reviews

This cookie recipe will be a hit whether you are making it for your family or for a potluck. Apricot...


Pecan Pie Thumbprints

7 reviews

A good buttery dough and nutty filling take time to make, but the results are so worth it. After munching...


Sittin Pretty Peanut Cookies

For fun cookies that look as good as they taste, try this easy recipe. They have lots of peanut flavor,...


Pecan Chocolate Puddles

Since my grandchildren like frosted cookies, I came up with this chocolate-topped version that satisfies them and is almost fuss-free...


Eggnog Thumbprints

14 reviews

These cute cookie bites always get a recipe request. They make special holiday gifts and freeze well, too.— Mary Ann...


Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

7 reviews

This versatile recipe couldn't be easier or yummier! Switch things up by using several different jams or jellies. —Georgia MacDonald,...

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Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints

10 reviews

Red velvet cookies and cakes are so pretty, but I always wish they had a bigger flavor. I infused these...


Raspberry Thumbprints

1 review

Berry jam really complements these tender, buttery treats rolled in nuts. With a ruby-red center, they're especially nice for the...


Jeweled Coconut Drops

12 reviews

Red raspberry preserves add a festive flair to these tender coconut cookies. Perfect for potlucks and cookie exchanges, these shaped...


Poppy Seed Thumbprints

12 reviews

My oldest son is a huge fan of these thumbprints, so I make sure they're on my baking list every...


Coconut-Almond Fudge Cups

1 review

With a coconut filling, the flavor of these fudgy bites is reminiscent of a favorite candy bar. The recipe makes...


Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprints

8 reviews

Thumbprint cookies are a Christmas classic, and I especially like my updated version with pistachios. The rich, buttery bites are...